Supporting Innovation And Creating Jobs In Hamilton
McGuinty Government Supporting Entrepreneurs, Bringing Local Ideas To Life
ONE consists of 14 regional innovation centres across Ontario. These centres help local entrepreneurs bring new and innovative ideas to the marketplace, such as new ways to treat disease, cleaner ways to produce power and next-generation digital entertainment.
The centres also give entrepreneurs access to a broad range of experts, including researchers, academics, businesses, government and investors, who can help sell an idea and grow a business worldwide.
Supporting made-in-Ontario technologies is part of Ontario's strategy to make innovation a driving force of Ontario's economy, and supports the Open Ontario Plan to build new opportunities for economic growth and jobs.
- In 2008-2009, Ontario's local innovation centres helped technology-based entrepreneurs and companies: create and retain more than 3,400 jobs, protect over 1,300 new ideas through patents and copyrights, develop nearly 900 prototypes, bring more than 700 products and services to the market and sell to more than 3,500 new customers.
- It is estimated that ONE will increase these numbers dramatically, by providing more coordinated, immediate and specialized help that is accessible across the province.
- In Hamilton, local thinking and support for innovation has already produced successful companies, like PV labs. PV labs builds cameras that have been used on Academy Award-winning films.
“The strength of Ontario's creative environment, diverse culture, highly skilled workforce, world-class education system, internationally recognized research community and proven entrepreneurs is second to none. ONE links these talents together across the province to ensure all great ideas have the opportunity to flourish - creating jobs and improving our lives now and in the future.”
“Congratulations to Hamilton's Innovation Centre. This announcement highlights that our born-in-Hamilton ideas are leading to improvements in all aspects of our lives, such as healthcare and our environment.”
“This centre and the ONE network will ensure that anyone with a good idea will have access to experts in their own backyard, and across the province. Experts who will help them build and grow their companies, while creating jobs.”
“The Innovation Factory provides Hamilton's innovators with doorstep access to whom and what they need to take a great idea to the front of the business pages. By building and capitalizing on each other's strengths, the ONE network ensures that wherever you are in Ontario you can rely on Ontario's best and brightest minds to help you succeed.”